Apps Uncovered 3 March 2019 – Alone-ly

Selected by Bob Weil

For this week’s Apps Uncovered, almost every image that caught my eye in our Flickr group seemed to a focus on singularity, isolation and a loneliness implied by darkness or explicit in daylight. There’s something soothing about a moment of “alone time,” but something frightening about isolation reminscent of a scene from a Hitchcock thriller (invariably in black and white).

This week’s lead artwork, an untitled piece by Pier Luigi Dodi, suggests exactly such a scene – perhaps from a film noir set in the style of the 50s. All that is missing is a look of abject fear on the boy’s face. Still, there seems to be a bit of yearning or apprehension in his eyes – perhaps he hears the ticking of a clock or the tolling of a bell in the distance, and pauses to listen…

Stefano Buttazzo, Maarten Oortwijn, Joanne Mariol, Kristie Michele Art, Karen Axelrad, Rob Pearson-Wright, borisbschulz2009, jun yamaguchi, Sergiy Beliayev and Fleur Schim complete the week’s selections on this theme.

If you’d like to see your images in the running for selection to our weekly Apps Uncovered feature, be sure to list the apps you used to create your image when you upload it to the iPhoneographyCentral Flickr group. (And as an added bonus to other members who would love to learn from your successes, consider adding the “Backstory” describing the creative process that led you to capture and process the image as you did.)


Untitled by Pier Luigi Doti

Apps used: I shot it with my iPhone 8 Plus and processed in Snapseed.
Backstory: While visiting the Queen’s House in London Liang was standing in the middle of the spiral stairway

Legends never die

Legends never die by Stefano Buttazzo

Apps used: For this shot i used Snapseed for calibration, Hipstamatic lens “John s” pellicule “BlackKey Supergrain” and +10 definition

Behind bars

Behind bars by Maarten Oortwijn

Apps used: Procreate with some help of Snapseed and PSExpress.
Backstory: It started with another drawing of a cityscape with mountains in the background. On top of this I added wall with window opening and bars. After this added the cactus, pencil and bird (originally a regular bird, but last minute gave it a human face and the bar code). Next step was re-color the foreground to green and adding some small touches of red.

I Stand Alone

I Stand Alone by Joanne Mariol

Apps used: iPhone 7 Plus + Snapseed + Formulas + Phonto
Backstory: I have passed by this building countless times and have always wanted to stop and take pictures of it. I finally had the opportunity to do so while waiting at a red light last year. I’m not sure what it used to be but it just looks like it’s a ghost of a Rust Belt town’s past.


.reach by Kristie Michele Art

Apps used and backstory: For this shot, I mounted my iPhone7plus onto my ceiling fan blade, used the native camera in portrait mode set with the 10 second timer, and I used a small side table to sit on, to get the shot from above. After a few tries I got this one with my hand placed exactly where I wanted it, to get the image I was going for. The edit was done in Lightroom mobile with a bnw preset I have created.


Viewing by Karen Axelrad

App Used: Hipstamatic with John S lens and BlacKeys Supergrain film. Taken with iPhoneXS
Backstory: It was a crystal clear, mild winter day when I took a walk in the Charlottenburg Castle gardens in Berlin. The houses on the river were perfectly mirrored in the water. I like the way the person on the bench added some interest and the dark cap contrasted with the light buildings.


Incognito by Rob Pearson-Wright

Apps used: Snapseed: Fine tuned the brightness, contrast, saturation and highlights. Tweaked the ambience a bit to add a bit of fine detail and saved two versions. A colour one and a black and white conversion.
Backstory: Waiting for a bus, I spotted a sophisticated looking lady waiting at the stop with a great looking background. I angled my self around for a good composition and took a few shots and then she moved away to where she couldn’t really be caught in a nice photo. Luckily I caught her adjusting her glasses which added to her look and style in the image. I chose a black and white edit to further the timeless pose the lady struck.

G at the Museum by borisbschulz2009

Apps: Snapseed, Distressed FX, Impresso and ImageBlender.
Backstory: My son, checking his mail in Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen

the sun and man

the sun and man by jun yamaguchi

Apps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+decim8+filterstorm+vsco+phototoaster

***winter cat***🐈❄️

winter cat by Sergiy Beliayev

Apps used: iPhone 7 Plus, Camera+, Color Accent, Hipstamatic (Lens – Sergio, Film – SPRKT-ULTIMO, Flash – Apollo, Adjustments – ZZRYKUR
Backstory: Few days ago i went out from a cheap coffee-shop with a cup of coffee in my hand. The first thing I saw then, was this cat resting on a fence in all that snow and col. That would be a nice frame, I decided, so here we are


TGIF by Fleur Schim

Apps used and backstory: I was dining at a local winery restaurant the other night. Sitting outsidewith a friend. Enjoying the evening. This restaurant has a very cool space, and vibe. I looked up and saw this illuminated wine glass.! I was captivated by it’s design and splash of color. I am always looking and seeing and appreciated that this would make a great capture. I Enjoyed the juxtaposition of the lighting and design.

Bob Weil

Bob is the co-author of The Art of iPhone Photography (with Nicki Fitz-Gerald), published by Rocky Nook photography books and supports Nicki in managing iPhoneography Central and the associated Flickr group.